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In today’s news:  RAM announces donations of £30m to renovate main building, how to harness the power of music to fight dementia, ENO boss sets out plans to make the art form more appealing. Public prosecutor’s office dismissed the case of Tiroler Festspiele Erl as being unfounded, an International composition competition on the occasion of 200th birthday of Karl Max to be established by Birmingham contemporary Music Group, Karl Marx Ausstellungsgesellschaft Trier, Kammermusikalischen Vereinigung Trier and Hessischer Rundfunk and the Music Festival “Unerhörtes Mitteldeutschland” in Halle presents 57 rarely performed composers.

Financial Times

UK’s Royal Academy of Music renovated with £30m in donations

The Royal Academy of Music will on Monday announce that philanthropists have donated almost £30m to the world-class conservatoire, enabling it to renovate its historic building in central London without any public funding.

How to harness music to fight dementia

It is a cold morning in a church hall in Croydon, south London, and Peter Edwards is warming up his singers with some call-and-response exercises. But this is no ordinary choir: the participants are dementia sufferers, enjoying a final session before an appearance at Buckingham Palace.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s new boss lays out his plans to broaden the appeal of what many still see as a niche art form

ENO’s Stuart Murphy was 15 when he first played in an opera orchestra – The Magic Flute. But it’s the first rehearsal he remembers most vividly: the performers sang, and then spoke, and then sang again.

Rhinegold

Daniel Barenboim signs new contract with Deutsche Grammophon

He will work with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Boulez Ensemble and members of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, with many recording sessions taking place in the the Boulez Saal.

Independent

Illegal streaming sees music and sports organisations flood High Court with copyright claims

Music and sports bodies are flooding the High Court with copyright claims to combat the rise of illegal streaming, new research shows. Music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) brought the most copyright cases in 2017, with 88.

Limelight

Stuart Skelton to headline Brisbane Festival as Peter Grimes

For its first major event of 2018, Brisbane Festival has announced that Australian-born, international star Heldentenor Stuart Skelton will travel to Queensland for two semi-staged concerts of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes – the first time he’s performed his signature role in Australia since Neil Armfield’s 2009 production for Opera Australia.

klassik.com

Festspiele Erl: Staatsanwaltschaft sieht Anzeige als unbegründet an

Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat im Fall der Vorwürfe gegen die Tiroler Festspiele Erl die Anzeige geprüft, sie wird den Vorwürfen nicht weiter nachgehen. Der im Februar durch die Internet-Veröffentlichungen eines Journalisten aufgekommene Verdacht auf “moderne Sklaverei” sei unbegründet. Das Verhalten der Festspiele und ihres Intendanten Gustav Kuhn sei “einwandfrei”, so die Behörden.

Klassik Heute

Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb zum 200. Geburtstag von Karl Marx

Anlässlich des 200. Geburtstag von Karl Marx hat sich die Birmingham Contemporary Music Group mit der Karl Marx Ausstellungsgesellschaft Trier, der Kammermusikalischen Vereinigung Trier und dem Hessischen Rundfunk zusammengeschlossen, um einen Internationalen Kompositionswettbewerb auszurufen.

Welt

Die Klassik ist tot? Es lebe die Klassik!

Dich, leere Halle, grüß ich wieder! Es wird viel gejammert über das Ende der klassischen Musik. Warum das Quatsch ist, warum die Elphi kein Modell für die Zukunft ist, was sich ändern muss.

nmz

Steinmeier zeichnet hessische Musikvereine aus

Zwei hessische Musikvereine haben aus Händen von Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier eine hohe Auszeichnung erhalten.

«Unerhörtes Mitteldeutschland» hat 57 Komponisten im Programm

Unbekannte Melodien stehen immer im Mittelpunkt: Das Musikfest «Unerhörtes Mitteldeutschland» lässt in diesem Jahr Werke von 57 selten gespielten Komponisten erklingen. Neben historischen Vertretern seien auch sieben zeitgenössische Komponisten im Programm, teilten die Veranstalter mit.

Platea Magazine

El Gobierno planea fusionar con un decreto el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela

La noticia ha dejado perplejos a propios y a extraños. Pendiente de su aprobación por el Consejo de Ministros, está ya sobre la mesa un Real Decreto que fusionaría las dos principales instituciones líricas de la capital de España, el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela.

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L’Estonie sera représentée par une soprano à l’Eurovision

Pour la 63e édition du Concours Eurovision de la chanson, qui se déroulera à Lisbonne du 8 au 12 mai 2018, c’est une chanteuse lyrique qui représentera l’Estonie.

Twitter

@GramophoneMag: As we edge closer to spring, we look at the 10 greatest sunrises in music… 

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(Written on March 12, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, veteran actor Dame Julie Walters will join the presenter lineup at Classic FM for a new Saturday show, Chineke! boosts BME representation in UK musical ensembles, YouTube Red launches internationally and Winnipeg Symphony appoints new Musical Director.

Rhinegold

Julie Walters to present Classic FM series

Actor will host a new six-part Saturday night radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia introduces digital programme notes

Audience members at YYS concerts will soon have the option to have ‘real-time’ programme notes sent to their phones.

The Times

Peer swoops in to save opera’s fairies

The director of English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe has revealed that Lord Glendonbrook stepped in at the last minute to foot the bill for some of his creative demands.

The Telegraph

‘Classical music is finally getting somewhere with its race problem’

Chineke! leads the way for much-needed BME diversification among youth and professional ensembles.

Joyce DiDonato: how can we claim opera isn’t political?

Star mezzo-soprano tells reporter Ben Lawrence how researching a work about ‘Death Row’ deepened her love for opera

The Star

Ambition for Sheffield to hit the right notes in classical music

Classical music is thriving locally, with an ‘astonishing amount going on’, a report says – but players, ensembles, schools and charities need support to create ‘a more sustainable industry with a wider and deeper reach across Sheffield, for residents of all ages’.

Pizzicato

Winnipeg Symphony has appointed Daniel Raiskin as Music Director

Canadian Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announced that Russian-born conductor Daniel Raiskin (*1970) has been named Music Director from August 1, 2018, succeeding Alexander Mickelthwate who served as Music Director since 2005.

Concerti

Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Februar 2018

Riccardo Muti und die Wiener Philharmoniker landen mit ihrer Aufnahme des Neujahrskonzerts 2018 auf dem ersten Platz der Klassik-Charts.

NMZ

Immer mehr Rentner lernen an Thüringens Musikschulen

An Thüringens Musikschulen lernen immer mehr Schüler, die bereits im Rentenalter sind. Zwischen 2012 und 2016 hat sich die Zahl der Erwachsenen über 60 Jahre von 246 auf 420 erhöht, wie der Landesverband der Thüringer Musikschulen auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mitteilte.

Klassik Heute 

Andris Nelsons: Amtseintritt als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig

Am 22. Februar tritt Andris Nelsons offiziell das Amt des 21. Gewandhauskapellmeisters an und läutet damit den Beginn einer neuen Ära in der Geschichte des Leipziger Gewandhauses ein.

Le Monde

YouTube va déployer son offre payante en France

YouTube Red, l’offre payante de la plate-forme de streaming musical et vidéo devrait être disponible dans une centaine de pays cette année.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: Fr Lnt, w hv dcdd t gv p sng vwls n Twttr. W hp y dn’t mnd. http://bit.ly/2BvYfoH 

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(Written on February 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: José Carreras to retire after half a century in the industry, violinist Gidon Kremer receives Federal Cross of Merit, and Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died. Behind the scenes at the ENO, myths about music streaming and new theme for Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’.

The Guardian

Radiohead and Hans Zimmer collaborate on new ‘Blue Planet’ theme

The band and the composer have released the track, which is a reworking of Radiohead’s Bloom and will be the theme to the forthcoming nature series.

Kwame Kwei-Armah named new Artistic Director of the Young Vic

Award-winning British playwright, who is currently director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, will take over role next year

Music Business Worldwide

3 myths about streaming, and 3 truths about the music industry today

How much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash?

The Telegraph

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to duet with West Side Story medley

The popular classical-crossover duo will record another LP after the success of previous collaborations.

Behind the Scenes at ENO’s new production of ‘Aida’

Exclusive pictures offer a backstage look at Verdi’s tale of love and betrayal in ancient Egypt.

Pizzicato

Conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce charged with moral harassment

Conductor Jean-Yves Ossocne, the former director of the Opera in Tours, France, has been charged with moral harassment, La Nouvelle République reports.

Kultur Radio

Tenor José Carreras beendet Sängerkarriere

Der Tenor José Carreras wird seine Sängerkarriere beenden. Das gab Carreras in einem Interview mit der New York Times bekannt, wie das online-Magazin klassik.com berichtet.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Geiger Gidon Kremer

Der Geiger Gidon Kremer erhält den Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Musik Heute

Tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková gestorben

Die tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben. Das berichtete die Agentur CTK am Mittwoch unter Berufung auf ihren Stiftungsfonds für Musiker.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: ‘We’re quite humbled and proud that Roland Rat is a subscriber to BBC Music Magazine.’

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(Written on September 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

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Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Meet the Typewriter Orchestra! After protest Colston Hall was renamed, and a Simpsons moment became true. A new program for the UIMF, and 20 million € for the Berlin Philharmonics. Principal director Firmbach prolonges his contract in Oldenbach. The Menuhin Competition‘ 2018 will take place in Switzerland for the first time, and famed venezuelan Conductor Dudamel urges politicians to solve crisis democratically.

ENO

ENO’s 2017/18 Season at a glance

For those of you who’d like to see our next season at a glance, this page is an overview of the productions we have coming up in 2017/18.

NW Evening Mail

Ulverston International Music Festival returns with ‘exciting’ programme

The 14th Ulverston International Music Festival takes place this summer, once again welcoming a varied array of musicians and performances from around the world.

The Violin Channel

Meet … The Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Formed in 2004, the six-man ensemble performs a wide range of covers and original songs from the ‘click’, ‘clack’, ‘ding’ of nostalgic mechanical typewriters

Classic FM

The London Symphony Orchestra and Cypress Hill might actually make THAT Simpsons moment come true

The LSO and hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill have been talking on Twitter about a particular moment from The Simpsons, and now they might be actually collaborating.

The Guardian

Bristol’s Colston Hall to drop name of slave trader after protests

Concert venue that hosted the Beatles, David Bowie and Bob Dylan will reopen with a new name following refurbishment.

Classical Music Magazine

Max Richter becomes Decca Publishing’s first client

Max Richter has signed a long-term, global publishing deal with Decca Publishing.

Berliner Zeitung

Millionen für Berlin – Am 8. Mai wird der Hauptstadtkulturvertrag unterschrieben

Drei Millionen Euro – das ist die Summe, um die sich ab 2018 die Zuschüsse für die Berliner Philharmoniker erhöhen, auf dann 20 Millionen Euro im Jahr.

Concerti

Fünf weitere Jubeljahre für Oldenburg

Generalintendant Christian Firmbach verlängert seinen Vertrag in Oldenburg und bleibt demnach bis 2024.

Musik heute

Alfred-Brendel-Hommage im Konzerthaus Berlin

Das Konzerthaus Berlin würdigt den Pianisten Alfred Brendel vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an mit einer Hommage.

Broadway world

Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming & Pilobolus to Launch 10th Annual World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival will culminate its groundbreaking first decade by bringing science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square, and to locations across New York City’s five boroughs, with more than 50 events, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

Telesur

Famed Venezuelan Conductor Dudamel Urges Politicians to Solve Crisis Democratically

Dudamel’s video message to politicians marks the first time the famed musician has spoken out on the current political situation in Venezuela.

Pizzicato

‘Menuhin Competition’ findet 2018 in Genf statt

Der internationale Violinwettbewerb ‘Menuhin Competition’ findet vom 12. bis zum 22. April 2018 in Genf statt. Damit ist der Wettbewerb, der alle zwei Jahre in einer anderen Stadt ausgetragen wird, zum ersten Mal zu Gast in der Schweiz.

Twitter

17 The best classical music for spring 🌱🌷🌸🐥

22 Jazz guitarist is celebrated for his “warm toned lyricism” and “impressive command” – listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V9XxCnkoFw

 

The Violin Channel

(Written on April 27, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

Twitter 

Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

Classical Music News CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed
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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

nmz

ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

kulturradio vom rbb

Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

Twitter

Cmuse.org @cmuseorg Boy battling #leukemia gets chance to conduct symphony #orchestra http://www.cmuse.org/7-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-chance-to-conduct-orchestra/ … #music

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration http://dlvr.it/MwdgSz #ClassicalMusic

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Learn how we’ve supported artists this year through our Creative Programme. RT & share the word

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

CMUSE

German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on November 16, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.


The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

nmz

Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.

Twitter

Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album: http://on.wsj.com/2cCw3TF

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now

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Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Murray Perahia left CBS and Sony Classical and signs with DG, musicians of Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating their contract to regain raises in salary, South African Tenor Johan Botha passed away at the age of 51. Also, applications for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania is now opened.

The Inquirer

Musicians: Philadelphia Orchestra management’s initial offer is ‘regressive’

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating to regain their place as among the highest-paid members of U.S. orchestras, while management has offered minimal raises in talks over a new contract.

CMUSE

Applications open for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania

The 16th Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition for flute and clarinet is scheduled to take place from 9 to 15 July, 2017, in Cluj, Romania.

Rhinegold Publishing

Murray Perahia signs to DG after 43 years with CBS and Sony

Murray Perahia has signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, thus ending a 43-year partnership with with CBS and its later incarnation, Sony Classical.

Tenor Johan Botha dies aged 51

South African tenor Johan Botha died on the morning of 8 September after a period of illness.

nmz

Cottbus/Berlin: „Kulturzug“ rollt mindestens noch bis ins nächste Jahr

Der beliebte Sonderzug von Berlin nach Breslau wird bis zum 8. Januar verlängert. Der „Kulturzug“ war zum Kulturhauptstadt-Jahr 2016 in Breslau eingeführt worden und bei den Fahrgästen auf große Nachfrage gestoßen.

klassik.com

Tenor Johan Botha ist tot

Der südafrikanisch-österreichische Tenor Johan Botha ist tot. Er starb nach langer Krankheit im Alter von 51 Jahren in Wien.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Streaming Musik verändert

Streaming ist längst der wichtigste Verbreitungsweg von Musik. Aber was macht das eigentlich mit der Musik selbst? #31s ist das Ergebnis eines Experiments und Beitrag zur Debatte um Streaming in der Musikindustrie.

Twitter

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic These “11 obstacles to liking classical music” are an interesting read. This might change a few opinions…? http://bddy.me/2cyGGFz

New York Time Arts @nytimesarts The Lucerne Festival, an important part of the classical music ecosystem, is being forced to reinvent itself.

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ As ‘Official Piano Partner’ Yamaha has become the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO

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Photograph: Tom Gralish

(Written on September 9, 2016 )